The Men Who Stare at Goats

6.21 h 33 min2009X-RayR
In this quirky dark comedy inspired by a real life story you will hardly believe is actually true, astonishing revelations about a top-secret wing of the U.S. military come to light when a reporter encounters an enigmatic Special Forces operator on a mind-boggling mission.
Grant Heslov
George ClooneyJeff BridgesEwan McGregor
ComedyMilitary and War
English [CC]
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Kevin Spacey
George CLooney
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Colonel BReviewed in the United States on July 11, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I know this movie was supposed to be funny, perhaps satirical, but to me it was just stupid. Perhaps, with all those left leaning men in the lead roles they were just taking cheap shots at the Army, the CIA, etc.
47 people found this helpful
TwinkleReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Another Hollywood propaganda Movie!
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It was a funny movie but please go see who supports Hollywood, these types of movies, and the Democratic Party. GEORGE SOROS! Look him up in depth. HE HAS MADE HIS FORTUNE ON DESTROYING ECONOMY OF WESTERN COUNTRIES. It was interesting that now that we are getting close to the elections in the US, all of a sudden this 2009 movie that belittles USA and our armed forces, POPS UP AS my FIRST CHOICE on AMAZON! Also, Jeff BEZOS, SOROS, AND CHINA ARE VERY FRIENDLY! THEIR AGENT? YES, THE DEMOCRATIC POLITICIANS. THIS IS AN EDUCATIONAL MOVIE FOR ALL THE DEMOCRATS TO LOOK DEEP AND SEE WHO OR WHICH POWERS ARE TRYING TO RUN OUR COUNTRY, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
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BrianReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2020
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What a waste of an hour and a half. I kept waiting for it to get better but it never did. Proof that even big stars can't be entertaining all the time. A steaming pile of waste.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Crazy story of how US army tried to create a unit of psychics Sounds ridiculous and it was
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Men Who Stare At Goats was a quirky comedy based off of a book of the same name that looked at the U.S. military’s attempt to weaponize psychic powers. It featured Ewan McGregor as investigative reporter Bob Wilton who discovers George Clooney was Lyn Cassady who was the lead psychic in the army’s program, Jeff Bridges was Bill Django the army officer who wrote a manual on how to use psychic powers and organized a unit. That was backed by Stephen Lang as General Hopgood who was convinced the Soviets were doing psychic research so America had to respond. Finally, there’s Kevin Spacey as Sergeant Larry Hooper who joined Django’s unit and acted like a jerk to everyone and destroyed their comradery. As Cassady told Wilton he worked in Project Jedhi and the goal was to create super soldiers each with their own superpower. The whole thing was based upon Django researching the hippie movement and drugs in the 1970s. Afterward he came up with the New Earth Army. This movie explains their activities and aftermath up to the Iraq war.

The story is crazy because it’s basically based upon a soldier, Django, who became a hippie. It’s nuts that he would be able to get the military to back his ideas. I guess during the Cold War if the U.S. thought the Soviets were doing something crazy the Americans would follow in kind.

There’s plenty of comedy as well. Seeing Django talking about bringing flowers and indigenous music to people and the “sparkling eyes technique” to spread peace was hilarious.

If this all sounds ridiculous that’s the point. It’s meant to be absurd, and that’s proven to be even more so as some of this really happened. This all adds up to a highly entertaining and crazy movie.
18 people found this helpful
Rhonda PorterReviewed in the United States on August 30, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
I Honestly Tried Hard To Join In The "Fun", But It Was Just Too Frig'n Lame.
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I Honestly Tried Hard To Join In The "Fun", But It Was Just Too Frig'n Lame. - 25 minutes in and your still wondering, when in the crap will it at least bring me to a chuckle? - If you're easily entertained and all you need is a star studded cast that acts simple, then I suppose this is your movie. Just like any man who appreciates an occasional shallow humor movie, I held my expectations low, but yet the genuine humor never materialized. It not only didn't have the quick laughs peppered throughout the movie, it failed to ever build to anything cleverly humorous. - How this movie ever got above 3 stars certainly reflects poorly on the general American public's overall view of what is truly funny..
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RReviewed in the United States on May 2, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
To every halfway decent story, a kernel of truth
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Sure, this movie and the hackneyed arch-leftist journalism it is based on are pointlessly derogatory to the military, and full of weak tropes designed to make viewers feel better about fringe Marxist political pundits, and more sympathetic to terrorism. But it contains a kernel of reality, showcasing the damage done to Western civilization as the US government has forsaken proper military training in favor of loopy social justice agendas. And, surely as a mere coincidence, it rips off some of the philosophy and core plot mechanics of Gordon R. Dickson's Childe Cycle books (in particular Tactics of Mistake and Necromancer), which are on the whole a vastly superior example of military science fiction. For those who want to see this story done right, read the original Dorsai! trilogy. As a side note, Clooney and Stephen Root are, as always, stellar actors deserving of all available praise for their talent here.
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Calvin J. WisemanReviewed in the United States on May 15, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
If you've ever in the Army then you'll get this movie...otherwise it is a pretty good story
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A really good story with some twists and turns you may not see coming. Definitely worth watching.

And the SF (Special Forces) goat lab is a real thing I know cause I went through 91D (OR Tech) school at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio I was lucky enough to meet some of the SF troops and found out they had to go through very rigorous medical training they learn in 9 months what a civilian PA (Physicians Assistant) learns in 4 years...the goat lab was the final test they had to pass for their medical training...
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DS VReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great darkish comedy with a great cast!
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This has been a a great movie for entertainment the few times we've watched it. You can't really go wrong with a slightly goofy comedy with Clooney. This movie is based on true events, and from what we've been able to find has a pretty entertaining history when it comes to the truth when we've done research about it.

A top-secret wing of the military is run by Jeff Bridges. He was paid for a couple decades to go around the country and research truth, love, finding peace, and searching for inner powers. When he returns, he is given a company of men to train in the powers of the mind. The whole story revolves around a reporter (McGregor) who is following Clooney around to try and get this story from him about his past and ends up going to meet this man who led this revolution in mind control and powers. Along the way, you get the back story and get to see some of the history behind it all.

This movie has many people in it including George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, and Kevin Spacey. It is well worth the price to rent, and is a pretty good movie to buy as well, which, we will eventually do, because I get tired of having to rent it, ha ha. It's a great movie. I would definitely give it a chance if you're looking for something a bit different.
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